Chemical Peels! Just kidding chemical peels aren’t scary or at least they shouldn’t be. I know most women immediately think of Samantha Jones in Sex and The City when they hear the term chemical peel. The episode that shows our girl in the aftermath of some ‘freshening up’, I’ll admit seeing it was frightening. Her skin was bright red and raw, who would want to go through that? Not me for one. That Sunday night on HBO scarred a generation of women. Making them to afraid of getting a peel themselves. So, let me take the scary out of chemical peels and explain the different types and what to expect when getting one.
1. Very Superficial Peels
Does not penetrate beyond the top layer (Stratum Granulosum)
Safe for home use
Great for treating acne, blackheads, fine lines and hyperpigmentation
This will keep your skin looking fresh and young
Fantastic to use as a prep for a future chemical peel
2. Superficial Peels
Penetrate past the top layer to the Basal layer
This is the type of peel performed by most estheticians
Little to no down time
Will only experience slight pinking of the skin and a few flakes
Perfect for those suffering from acne and/or seeing signs of aging
3. Medium Depth Peels
Typically performed by in a medical setting
Penetrates the upper layers down to the Papillary Dermis
Able to treat superficial scars, sun damage and melasma
You will need to hide out inside for a few days
Expect lots of actual peeling 24-48 hours later
* This is most likely what Samantha had done!
4. Deep Peels
Performed only by a medical professional!
This peel will reach the Reticular Dermis
For severe scars, deep wrinkles and dark photoaging
You will be topically numbed and /or put under for this procedure
Expect to be wrapped up like a mummy and I would expect a new face!
Now that you know the different types of peels let me break down the variety of superficial peels that I offer. Let’s figure out which one would be best for you!
Pro Power Peel - Dermalogica's fastest and strongest peel yet, the Pro Power Peel provides you with a full suite of products.
UltraBright- Hydrate and Brighten with 30% Lactic Acid and Phytic Acid
PowerClear- 2% Salicylic Acid,10% Mandelic Acid and 15% Malic Acid targets blemishes, hyperpigmentation and redness
AdvancedRenewal- Reduces appearance of hyperpigmentation and fine lines using a 30% Glycolic Acid
AGEreversal- 15% TCA Minimizes the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles
They can be mixed, layered and used to spot treat certain areas. Making this peel completely customizable to your skin's needs.
30 minutes (face only) $150
60 minutes (face, neck and décolletage) $180
BioActive Peel- Great for all skin types including sensitive! Perfect to do in a series and give your skin a beautiful glow. This four step process incorporates fruit enzymes, TCA, salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids. Created by Dermalogica to be the most effective superficial peel with little to no downtime! Leave the studio with fresh glowing skin!
60 minutes $180
Lunchtime Peel- A blend of cranberry enzymes with 20% Salicylic Acid. Great for clients suffering from acne and/or blackheads? This can also be added to any facial for $25. Expect your skin to get HOT this guy is short and spicy. It will remain warm and red for a
30 minutes $65